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Video: Interference opens up Bergeron semi-breakaway

Jun 1, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

When commenters, writers and other observers discuss blown penalty calls, they’re usually talking about the defensive side finding ways to “slow down” scorers. One of the most notable missed calls from Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins was a rare reversal, however.

Brad Marchand seemed to get away with a bit of an interference on Kris Letang, opening up a semi-breakaway for Patrice Bergeron, who failed to score on Tomas Vokoun:

A controversial play would have had serious fodder potential if Bergeron scored.

  1. nobandwagoners - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    The proper call – a call if the refs actually called the rules as they are designed – would have been 2 minutes for Ratface for interference and 2 minutes for Letang for unsportsmanlike (diving), and play whistled down.

  2. kissmytaintpatriotsrule - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    As a Patriots fan I am used to the Pittsburg sore losers nothing new here. Probably something in the water.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      As an NFL fan I am used to seeing the Patriots impress during the regular season, only to fail in the playoffs. Let’s see if it’s in the greater Boston area water, or just the tap coming into the Patriots facility.

  3. Stiller43 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    He skated to the right (away from his bench) directly into letangs path and slowed down to turn it into a 1 on 0 and then skated back the left towards his bench. It was a blown call no doubt

  4. akmd1984 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Idiotic play by Marchand. Had a two on nobody and decides to throw a pick. Should’ve been a penalty.

  5. scottybcboy - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Marchand has as much right to that ice as Letang does. If Letang doesn’t throw himself to the ice prior to contact being made he may have claim to a call but by not allowing Marchand the opportunity to take a penalty the resulting non-call is the correct one.

  6. nunan - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    MAYBE would have been called had Letang not dove. He knew that was the only chance of preventing a breakaway. Good non-call.

  7. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I absolutely cannot stand Pittsburgh and their fans but this should most definitely have been called. Letang may have gone down pretty easy but Marchand skated way to the right to impede his progress. Anyone who thinks this was a good no call needs to do a refresher on their hockey knowledge, or they are just plain stupid.

  8. malkinrulez - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    If Orpik call was interference that was interference

  9. therealjr - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    That’s textbook legal…assuming Bergeron is carrying a football.

  10. tokyobuzzsaw - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    How bad does this major network and the website for the major network want the Penguins to win. Everything on this site is so pro Penguins it makes me sick. Hey Prohockeytalk, you should be ashamed of yourself. People come here for an impartial point of view an then let the commenters slug it out. Clean up your act Prohockeytalk because you are an embarrassment. Hey Penguins fans (that includes you Prohockeytalk and NBC) suck an egg because your lord and savior Penguins just lost home ice!

    Go B’s!!!!!!!

    • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      thats one game peckerhead. pens in 6

  11. ashtongronholz8 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    99.9% of the time this would be true, but u picked a horrible time to make this comment seeing as though it was a penalty. Moron.

  12. nosefacekillah - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    O’Brien, leave the whining to Crosby. He is much better at it. Or maybe show the uncalled spear Crosby laid on Ference (Cindy loves that stick work).

  13. hockeydon10 - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I really don’t have a horse in this race.

    Letang was losing his balance before they made contact.

    While it’s nearly impossible to do with the video here, you can see on the youtube uploads that Letang’s skates were going out from under him before he makes contact with Marchand.

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